For the 5th part of the Shelve Project, work by artist Stephen Fowler will be displayed in LXV Books.
at LXV Books
‘As Shakespeare said, you can call spirits from the vastly deep, but will they answer?’Mr. Franklin. Hound of the Bakervilles. 20th Century Fox 1939
Stephen Fowler explores his fascination with American B movies of the 1930’s & 40’s fascination with Spiritualism, séances and Mediums in his latest Artist Book, Cosmic Forces.
Throughout the period these cheap and quickly made films often employed the paranormal in highly effective ends, creating scary and haunting atmospheres to chill the cinema audience.
Introducing and utilizing the props of Spiritualism such as darkened rooms, ouija boards, floating spirit hands and voices and ectoplasm was also an economical means to convey the strange and ‘other’. Another was exploiting the suspicion of the outsider in casting brilliant eastern European and Asian character actors as Spirit Mediums. Scriptwriters drafted eerie, eccentric and sometimes profound lines and for these actors to speak,
‘those beyond, they know, they told me death would come among us’ -Mrs. Walters. Charlie Chan’s Murder Cruise, 20th Century Fox 1940
Fowler will continue his exploration of hand cut rubber stamp printing technologies and homemade inkpads in the making of Cosmic Forces.
Shelve is a project aimed to introduce new audiences to works using or taking influence from, the book.
Preview: Wednesday 4 July, 6-8pm
4 July - 4 September 2012
Tuesday to Friday, 12-6pm; Saturday, 12-5pm
Roman Road, Bethnal Green,